The 2023 Tramping Calendar Haiku and Limerick Competition – Chapter 4

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    Tony Gazley
    Keymaster

    Winchcombe Biv

    Tramping NZ
    2023

    Haiku and Limerick Competition

    by Harry Smith

    2023 Tramping NZ calendars now available at Bivouac Outdoor, Mercer Street
    $20 (cash only please)


    Chapter 4

    Competition rules

    All entries should be posted as comments to this forum post, so that everybody can read and enjoy them. Make sure to mention which month’s photo they refer to.

    You can enter as many limericks and haikus for as many of the monthly photos as you want.

    Entries close in mid-November and the winners will be announced at the beginning of December.

    The competition will be judged by Tony and Harry.

    The judges will take into account the following factors (among others) in making their decision
    – relevance to the photo
    – rhythm and rhyme (for a limerick)
    – rhythm, syllable count, concision, and precision (for a haiku)
    – humour, wit, cleverness, irony, sarcasm, etc (for a limerick)
    – mood, atmosphere, imagery, reflectiveness, and thoughtfulness (for a haiku).

    Bribes to the judges are permitted, and indeed encouraged, especially if they consist of money, tramping gear, camera gear, alcohol, or chocolate. There is no guarantee that they will have any influence on the judges’ decision, but it’s worth a try!

    The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into (except if accompanied by a bribe, as described above).

    The First Place and Second Place winners will each receive a free copy of the calendar. These will look good proudly hanging on your wall.

    Other people can of course purchase copies of the calendar from Bivouac in Mercer Street, for $20 (cash only please). They will of course make excellent Christmas presents.

    The end.

    Calendar photos


    January

    February

    March

    April

    May

    June

    July

    August

    September

    October

    November

    December

    Calendar photos printed size 36 cm x 24 cm. A preview copy of the whole calendar is available at:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16kSCW4aSZ-qqILOjTgBI0ZcyAMkbgDaB?usp=sharing

    #55820 Reply
    Laramie Penstock
    Guest

    Mephistopheles
    You do not love the daylight –
    Now darkness threatens.

    My entry for July photo.
    Laramie (not yet a WTMC member)

    #55893 Reply
    Laramie Penstock
    Guest

    Here’s my next one – for the August calendar photo of Taranaki Maunga:

    There was a young tramper named Scott
    Who thought he was really sh*t hot
    But one day he tried
    To climb the south-facing side
    And he suddenly found that he’s not.

    #55897 Reply
    Harry
    Guest

    In case anybody is wondering about Laramie’s reference to Mephistopheles, that’s the name of the peak which the July photo was taken from. You can see the labels of the photos by clicking on the link to the preview copy of the calendar above.

    #55910 Reply
    Laramie Penstock
    Guest

    And one for the February calendar photo:

    To get your name in this calendar blog
    You should climb to the top of Magog
    Then you’ll be the top dog
    And can start your own vlog
    But to get there will be a slog thru the bog.

    By Laramie.

    #55928 Reply
    Laramie Penstock
    Guest

    I keep dreaming about these damn limericks, and prob will until I’ve done one for every photo! So now here’s one for the September Winchcombe Biv.

    The door to the biv is so small
    Or maybe the tramper’s too tall
    So they won’t get inside
    However they tried
    Until they’re down on all fours and crawl.

    Now I’m trying not to think of the next one which only makes me think about the next one.

    #55929 Reply
    Mr Trogg
    Guest

    To get your name in this calendar blog
    You should climb to the top of Magog
    Then you’ll be the top dog
    And can start your own vlog
    But to get there will be a slog thru the bog.

    I protest! This is a clear case of plagiarism from my comment on the Gog and Magog story earlier in this forum! There I wrote:
    “An interesting log of a slog through the bog to climb Gog and Magog. I’m agog.” The similarity is unmistakable! My lawyer will be in touch!

    But anyway, I reckon this is better:

    Stewart Island has Gog and Magog.
    A trip there can be quite a slog.
    There’s a bog and a bog
    and a bog and a bog
    and a bog and a bog and a bog.

    #55934 Reply
    Laramie Penstock
    Guest

    Dear Mr Trogg

    With all due respect, anyone with a basic understanding of statistics would realise that there are limited grammatical combinations of ‘bog, Magog, agog and slog’ that are available for the construction of a limerick. Your claim is not plagiarism, but is rather an example of ‘cum hoc ergo propter hoc’, (i.e. a questionable-cause logical fallacy). No court would uphold your protest. So don’t bother with the lawyers.

    Kind Regards
    Laramie Penstock, Colonel WAAF (retd)

    #55973 Reply
    Austin Healey
    Guest

    Rather than compose a limerick for each of the photos I’m going to do one for the whole lot. So here goes:

    Tony’s photos of grand mountain views
    Will sure cure week-a-day blues
    So go get one now
    Bivouac shows you how
    For 20 quid you’ve got nowt you can lose.

    Austin

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